Rates of particulate pollution deposition onto leaf surfaces: Temporal and inter-species magnetic analyses

Mitchell, Ruth and Maher, Barbara and Kinnersley, Rob (2010) Rates of particulate pollution deposition onto leaf surfaces: Temporal and inter-species magnetic analyses. Environmental Pollution, 158 (5). pp. 1472-1478. ISSN 0269-7491

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Abstract

Evaluation of health impacts arising from inhalation of pollutant particles <10 mm (PM10) is an active research area. However, lack of exposure data at high spatial resolution impedes identification of causal associations between exposure and illness. Biomagnetic monitoring of PM10 deposited on tree leaves may provide a means of obtaining exposure data at high spatial resolution. To calculate ambient PM10 concentrations from leaf magnetic values, the relationship between the magnetic signal and total PM10 mass must be quantified, and the exposure time (via magnetic deposition velocity (MVd) calculations) known. Birches display higher MVd (w5 cm1) than lime trees (w2 cm1). Leaf saturation remanence values reached ‘equilibrium’ with ambient PM10 concentrations after w6 ‘dry’ days (<3 mm/day rainfall). Other co-located species displayed within-species consistency in MVd; robust inter-calibration can thus be achieved, enabling magnetic PM10 biomonitoring at unprecedented spatial resolution.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Pollution
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/ge
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 53656
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 23 Apr 2012 15:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 08:07
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53656

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